Munster winning Cork captain retires

January 06, 2021

Cork captain Stephen McDonnell lifts the trophy after his side's Munster SHC final victory over Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

Stephen McDonnell, who captained Cork to the 2017 Munster SHC title, has announced his retirement from the intercounty game.

The Glen Rovers player featured in the All-Ireland final draw and replay loss against Clare in 2013 and went on to win two Munster senior titles with the Rebels, in 2014 and 2017.

He made his league and championship debuts in 2011 and twice won Cork SHC titles with his club Glen Rovers.

In a post on Linkedin, McDonnell explained his decision: "You know, when you know. Now is the right time for me to let go of Inter County Hurling and retire.

"What a journey – blood, sweat and tears! I am truly grateful for being tested at the highest level, for soldiering alongside incredible men - my friends - my brothers and for everyone who has supported me in pursuing this dream, in particular my selfless partner Erika, my encouraging family, the GPA for their support of my off field endeavours and my club, the Glen Rovers.

"2021 will be a good one with more space and energy to work on exciting projects with LiveUnbound and more importantly, to continue my growth as a friend, father & partner. Thank you!"

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